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Joan Reminick

In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.

Open: Shuko Beach in Wainscott

Shuko Beach in Wainscott in July 2014.

(Credit: Shuko Beach)

Long Island's insatiable appetite for sushi is being fed a bit more by a new Hamptonian.

Shuko Beach, a pop-up Asian restaurant specializing in chef's-choice dinners, has moved into the Montauk Highway address recently occupied by Highway Diner & Bar.

The sleek establishment is overseen by chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly  of Neta in Manhattan. Shuko NYC is expected to...

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Montauk "taste" of restaurants coming July 20

Soft corn tacos served at SWALLOW EAST in

(Credit: Doug Young)

Montauk restaurants and caterers are set to show off their specialties on July 20 at the local Chamber of Commerce's second annual "taste of Montauk."

Tickets for the event are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. To buy tickets, contact the Montauk Chamber of Commerce at 631-668-2428; or purchase them online at www.montaukchamber.com

The tasting will be held at the Montauk Downs/ 360...

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Dan's Taste of Summer hits the Hamptons

Robert Irvine is host of the Food Network

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It's Long Island vs. Manhattan as eight local chefs fire up their grills on July 11 to take on their New York City counterparts. All 16 chefs are competing for the title of 2014 GrillHampton Champion as Robert Irvine, star of Food Network’s "Restaurant Impossible," plays host at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton.

Chefs including Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Victor Tapia (The Palm), and Arthur Wolf (Smokin...

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Smitty’s overreaches in Riverhead

Smitty's is the new restaurant at The All

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I don’t usually get excited when I see the words “bowling alley” and “restaurant” together, but news of Smitty’s All American Grill, the rebooted eatery inside the All Star in Riverhead, piqued my interest. With a large and ambitious menu of upscale dishes including truffle meatloaf with wild mushroom gravy and hake fillet with Banyuls gastrique, restaurateur Chris Smith and North Fork chef John...

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'A Love Shared' benefit for chef Gerry Hayden and ALS research

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

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An "all-American BBQ feast" prepared by chefs who've cooked at The River Cafe will be held July 16 to raise funds for research on Lou Gehrig's disease and to assist chef Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, who has ALS.

The "A Love Shared" event will be held at The River Cafe in Brooklyn. Brad Steelman, Bill Telepan, Bryan Voltaggio, Joseph Realmuto of Nick & Toni's...

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Open: Greenport Harbor Brewing in Peconic

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Two years in the making, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company's new brewery in Peconic is open on the former site of Lucas Ford Trucks. And Long Island's biggest independent brewery will be celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, July 12.

There will be a $25 ticketed VIP session with complimentary beer from 3 to 4 p.m. (Click here for tickets.) From 4 to 8 p.m., the event is open to the public...

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U-shuck oysters pop up in Greenport

Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market in Greenport

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The North Fork is Long Island’s U-pick capital; now it boasts the Island’s first U-shuck. At Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market, you are supplied with a kit containing a few oyster knives and a knife-proof glove and offered instruction in the art of shucking oysters. “People are coming in with a range of experience,” said owner Ian Wile. “Some people take the kit and say ‘leave me alone.’ Others...

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Closed: Azuma Sushi Asian Fusion in Greenlawn

Sashimi at Azuma in Greenlawn. (Nov. 20, 2010)

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Azuma Sushi Asian Fusion, a fixture on the Greenlawn dining scene since 2004, has closed. Owner Danny Wang said that the lease for the freestanding building had expired.

Wang added that he is expecting to reopen across the street, in the same strip mall that houses Dave’s Goldmine Grill. Wang said that while the new quarters are a little smaller, he will be offering the same kind of table...

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Brooklyn pies pop up in Orient

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the cult Brooklyn pie

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Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the cult Brooklyn pie shop, has opened a pop-up shop in Orient. Emily Elsen, who owns the bakery with her sister Melissa Elsen, said that a former colleague, Toby Bannister, had moved to Orient full time and had helped put together the satellite location. It occupies the little building next to the post office that used to house Nina’s Ice Cream Parlor.

Four &...

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

Branzino is a main course offered at Harlow

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In this week's Newsday, Lauren Chattman awards two and a half stars to Harlow East in Sag Harbor, which has seamlessly slipped into the waterside spot that, for years, hosted B. Smiths, “one of the longest-running shows in the Hamptons.” This new outpost of a Manhattan spot offers “great views” with such standouts as a “towering” burger, “unusual and very good” lobster sliders and some “interesting...

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